Got Moles? Get Jeff.

"Jeff's show constantly outdraws big-name celebrities."

Jeff Holper, “The Mole Hunter”, is quickly becoming America’s mole expert. If you or someone you know has been troubled by the unwanted presence of moles in the lawn, have no fear “The Mole Hunter” is here. He has been inspiring people to achieve the impossible dream, victory over moles.

His entertaining presentation and knowledge of the beast will equip you to win in the battle of man vs. mole. He believes with knowledge and the right tools, success will be yours. With over 10,000 moles to his resume, he knows it can be accomplished. At the end of his presentation you will have the knowledge to determine whether you have moles, voles or both.

Jeff has written a book on moles and voles entitled “The Joy and Celebration of Mole Control”, currently in its 2nd edition. He has also created a DVD, “The Mole Hunter.”

Mr. Holper resides in St. Louis, Missouri and is in his 22nd year in the pest management business. His company, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, is a growing force in the St. Louis area. They have also been designated as a “Quality Pro” company. Currently there are less than 200 “Quality Pro” companies in the nation making this an elite title to possess.

In addition to moles and voles, Holper's Pest & Animal Solutions also specializes in pest control and wildlife removal. Termites, carpenter ants, brown recluse spiders and ants are just a few of their specialties. However, the also removed squirrels, raccoons and many other species of wildlife, including moles and voles.

Besides his business, he is a committed family man and has found strength in traditional Christian values. He and his wife Cathy have celebrated 26 wonderful years of marriage and have two beautiful daughters, Rachel and Maggie. Jeff Holper is also proud to be an American and loves this country. He believes America is the land of unlimited opportunity.

Mr. Holper has been a speaker for the National Pest Management Association, The National Wildlife Control Operators Association, Purdue University and several home shows around the country. He has served as President of the greater St. Louis Pest Control Association, the Missouri Pest Management Association and serves on the Residential and Wildlife Control Boards for the National Pest Management Association. In addition, he currently writes articles for Pest Control Technology Magazine.
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THANK YOU! We are becoming highly successful in getting rid of our moles. We wanted to let you know our trip to the St. Louis H&G show was great. Actually the main reason we came to the show was because of the Mole Seminar. We ended up coming in contact with Custom Design Fence Co. and bought fence for our four acre yard while we were there. We also purchased a specialty ladder and a flagpole. However, if it had not been for the Mole Seminar we would not have driven the 102 miles to attend the show. We picked up the information about the home show in a notice from the Grasshopper Mower Co. and then went to the Internet where we learned about the Mole Seminar. Again, we think you for the time and effort of presenting the seminar. Sincerely, Richard and Colleen

Melissa Hyatt, HBA of St Louis: On behalf of the Home Builders association I would like to thank you for your outstanding performance at our home and garden show. For six years you have entertained St Louis consumers while educating them on ridding their worst backyard nightmare—the mole. Your crowds this year were nothing less than amazing. The bleacher seating of 300 is normally adequate to handle even nationally known speakers. Your standing room crowds rivaled the best of them. Your interview on KMOX helped build the crowd, you were a big hit with the station and their audience. --- Melissa Hyatt, HBA, St. Louis

Show attendees get their degree from Holper’s Terminator University

All houses have them, in the yards, walls, and basements. Big ones, little ones, crawling ones and flying. You may have several pests that fit this description. With ten easy steps, Holper’s Terminator University will have homeowners on their way to a pest free home.

"Most homeowners and landscapers don’t have pest control on their minds when they are building, laying mulch or planting ground cover," said Jeff Holper of Holper’s Pest & Animal Control. "Thought doesn’t go into how large a tree or bush will be full grown, how it holds moisture close to the house or where the roots will go."

"Holper’s Top 10 Ways to a Pest Free Home" will help homeowners realize when they have a problem and when it is time to seek professional pest control. Holper also advises homeowners on techniques for non-chemical pest management.

One of our local area’s most notorious pests are moles. They cause the calmest gardener to lose his cool. Holper will have attendees attention when he presents, "I want to be a mole killer." Many of Holper’s suggestions can be applied to all types of pests. Make plans to attend Jeff's seminar to receive your degree from Holper’s Terminator University.

Holper's Terminator University: Moles 101
Pest management expert Jeff Holper will give you hope as well as teach you how to deal with the moles that invade your lawn and garden. His energy will inspire you; his knowledge will give you the confidence to terminate those moles. Bring your questions about pest problems to Jeff—he will guide you to the solution. He will also address the deer problem.

About Jeff Holper
Jeff holper is a believer in the grace of a loving God. A committed family man, he lives in St Louis with his wife Cathy and daughters Rachel and Maggie. In 1985 Jeff started bee keeping as a hobby, removing bee swarms and putting them into his own hives. This grew into a part time business that specialized in removing and exterminating stinging insects. In 1989 animal trapping was added to the business. Then in May of 1992, Jeff left his full time job and launched his new full time career. Holper's Pest & Animal Solutions is responsible for trapping over 2,000 moles. Mole trapping is about ten percent of the company's annual income.

By 1993 Jeff began speaking at home shows, trade shows, and wildlife conferences on many types of pest control issues. In 1997 and 1998 he was elected Presiden to the Greater St Louis Pest Control Association. He was also elected Regional Vice-president of the Missouri Pest Control association. On the board of the Missouri Association he serves as Education Chairperson, bringing in speakers from all over the country to teach and keep pest control operators on the cutting edge of their industry.

Home & Garden Helps & Hints
Moles and voles: Tunnels of destruction
by Agnes Palazzetti, News Gardening Reporter 4/7/00 Copyright © 1999-2000 The Buffalo News

Moles and voles … those creatures that go bum in the night, leaving tiny mounds of dirt or bicycle-like tracks across your lawn to give notice they have moved into your garden.
And particularly in the case of the voles, leaving a path of destruction.When I mentioned to a professional gardener I was going to write about moles and voles, she responded: "Go for it. I cannot begin to count how many people are asking me about them especially since the snow is gone and they are seeing all these little holes with little dirt piles all over their lawns."Western New York has its share of moles and more than its share of voles, according to Jeff Holper, the pest control expert also known as "The Mole Exterminator," who came to Buffalo a few weeksago to talk about the problem at the Home and Garden Show.

"Don't ask me why," Holper said during a telephone interview from his business in St. Louis, "but from the many people I talked with while in Buffalo, it is obvious that while you have moles in your area, you have more than your share of voles."Squirrels are usually blamed for being the underground bulb monster but the more likely culprit is the tiny vole, which measure from two to three inches when full grown—less than half the size of the mole, which can be up to eight inches long.

The vole is more commonly known as a "field mouse" and unlike the mole, which prefers insects, slugs and grubs, the vole feasts on seeds, bulbs, fruits, grasses, tender roots, new bark and any other soft plant material. It will eat up to double its weight every day and "reproduces like crazy," Holper said. "A pair can produce up to 100 offspring in a year."

The mole, on the other hand, "eat at least half of his body weight daily … worms, insects, slugs and grubs," Holper continued, "and will only mate one time during the year, usually in early spring. One female mole has four to six young that the female will care for up to three months. "Then they are kicked out of the nest and sent to find their own place and that is why the mole problems seem to explode from July through September," Holper explained. "The young are out of the nest and making their own way in the world. And the world is your yard."

According to Holper, all that tender loving care and watering given to lawns is irresistible to moles because healthy lawns provide a banquet of insects and ideal conditions for tunnel digging. However, other than disfiguring the lawn and sometimes disturbing plant roots, the mole is not the gardener's Public Enemy No 2. That distinction belongs to the vole, which can cause extensive damage in bedding areas. Holper explained that voles "eat from the roots. They create tunnels with about a one-inch diameter entrance hole and often have multiple holes and
they are not averse to moving into a tunnel abandoned by the moles. "They will make three-quarter to one-inch grooves in the grass, eating it right down to the soil." So, what to do about the tiny varmints? Holper, who has been in the pest control business for 15 years, is not impressed with all the sprays and the electronic, magnetic and vibration devices available from catalogs and gardening centers.

When it comes to all those home remedies—putting broken glass, Juicy Fruit gum, razor blades, human urine, diesel fuel or lye in the mole's tunnel—Holper just laughs. His solution? "The key to mole control is to kill the moles." And to do this, he advocates the use of traps. For voles, he recommends "poison-coated grain," preferable applied by a certified professional pesticide applicator.

Holper has written a 43-page booklet that tells you everything you want to know about moles, including the traps to use to catch and kill them. It even includes a chapter, "Live Trapping Moles" for the faint-of-heart who don't even want to consider killing a mole.
"The method of live trapping moles requires a lot of extra effort but it is possible," he wrote. "Live traps must be checked hourly and the mole relocated quickly… The mole's high metabolism—his body requires food almost nonstop—plus the stress from being trapped leads to high mortality."

As for voles, Holper said "some people have used mousetraps bated with apples to catch them and have had some success."But he believes the best way to deal with voles is the use of "perimeter bait stations" placed around the garden. The stations contain a block-type rodenticide that voles cannot carry off and put away for winter storage. Incidentally, while he was talking about traps, squirrels entered the conversation. I told him about a friend who put out the cage to catch squirrels so he could relocate them. One morning, he discovered a skunk in the cage and spent the next several hours looking for help to coax the skunk out of the cage without frightening it.Holper pointed out there are cages with openings large enough for a squirrel but too small for a skink, something to keep in mind when shopping for a cage. If you would like a copy of his booklet, "The Joy and Celebration of Mole Control," or more information abut the traps or the pesticide stations for voles, contact Holper at 314-544-7378.

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